Zeina Azzam to receive the 2022 Hala Salam Maksoud Leadership Award at ADC’s annual National Convention

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 26, 2022| The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that Zeina Azzam will be receiving the 2022 Hala Salam Maksoud Leadership Award at ADC’s annual National Convention in Washington, DC.

This Award is presented annually to a community leader who has shown outstanding commitment and leadership, strength and compassion toward the concerns of the community. Please join us in congratulating Zeina by registering for and attending our 2022 National Convention and Gala!

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About the awardee:

Zeina Azzam is a Palestinian American poet, writer, editor, and community activist. She was selected in April 2022 as the Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Her chapbook, Bayna Bayna, In-Between, was published in 2021 by The Poetry Box; in it, Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri writes that Azzam “creates a world of beauty and patience, even when ideals are shattered.” Her poems also appear in over forty literary journals, anthologies, and edited volumes including Pleiades, Mizna, Sukoon, Bettering American Poetry, Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by and for Refugees, Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean, and Gaza Unsilenced.

Azzam participates regularly in poetry readings locally and nationally. She serves as a mentor for We Are Not Numbers, a writing program for youth in Gaza, and volunteers for organizations that support Palestinian human rights and development. She is also active in Grassroots Alexandria, a local group that advocates for the civil rights of vulnerable communities in Alexandria, Virginia, where she lives. Her educational background includes an M.A. in Arabic literature from Georgetown University, an M.A. in sociology from George Mason University, and a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College.

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Stay tuned for more details! We hope you can join us at the Convention and Gala. See you then!


June 17 & June 18



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